BERLIN FOCUS

Chamber music and concertos 

Finding revelations in the "empfindsam" style

For this multiannual project Ensemble Diderot puts the spotlight on the cosmopolitan German capital. As always, the four creative musicians wander far from the beaten track and want to draw a new picture of a musical landscape we all thought we knew, finding revelations in the so-called “empfindsam” style and exploring Berlin’s connections with Paris and Dresden. The focus, as at the inception in Berlin of the modern concert open to all, is on rediscovering forgotten treasures and the pure enjoyment of listening.

 

Several recordings, a multi-media project and numerous concert programmes reflect the splendour and elegance of the Berlin School and allow the French ensemble to show itself once again as a passionate innovator and storyteller. 

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Ensemble Diderot at the Brandenburg Gate

Concert programmes

Berlin-Paris

Trio Sonatas

Johann Philipp Kirnberger

Trio sonata in D Minor

Jean-Marie Leclair

Trio sonata in A Major, op. 4, no. 6

Johann Gottlieb Graun

Trio in  G Major „Melancholicus & Sanguineus“

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Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville

Trio sonata in E Minor op. 2, no. 1

Jean-Pierre Guignon

Duo „Les Sauvages et la Furstemberg“ 

Johann Gottlieb Goldberg

Trio sonata in C Major (BWV 1037)

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Berlin-Dresden

Concertos

Johann Gottlieb Goldberg

Sonata a quattro in C Minor

Johann Georg Pisendel

Violin concerto 

Johann Gottlieb Graun

Harpsichord concerto

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Johann Wilhelm Hertel

Cello concerto 

Johann Gottlieb Janitsch

Quadro in D Major

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The Berlin Album
Ensemble Diderot

“The Berlin Album”, the fourth volume in our cities series features a programme of trio sonatas, including the first recording of Graun’s Sanguineus and Melancholicus. The album has been met with universal critical acclaim and received the International Classical Music Award in the category “Baroque instrumental”.

C.F.C. Fasch
Philippe Grisvard

Ensemble Diderot’s keyboard player Philippe Grisvard explores Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, the harpsichordist at the Prussian court next to CPE Bach on a new solo album of world-premiere recordings that make it possible to rediscover an original and visionary composer, neglected by musicians and underestimated by musicologists.

Cello concertos
Gulrim Choï

Faithful to the values ​​of the ensemble, cellist Gulrim Choï looks at a facet of a repertoire that has been neglected over time. It is pre-classical music from northern Germany that she decides to highlight, through four chamber cello concertos - some of which have never been recorded before. This program aims to reveal the various attractions of a nascent aesthetic, sometimes retracing its steps, sometimes radically asserting itself.

Bach & Entourage
J. Pramsohler & P. Grisvard 

Johannes Pramsohler and Philippe Grisvard break up Bach’s cycle of Six Sonatas for harpsichord and violin BWV 1014-1019 and juxtapose it with sonatas from Berlin contemporaries such as CPE Bach, Schaffrath and Graun. A triple CD packed with 15 sonatas, including 5 world premiere recordings..

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Future plans

Harpsichord concertos

Philippe Grisvard & Ensemble Diderot

In 2023, Ensemble Diderot harpsichordist Philippe Grisvard releases an album of harpsichord concertos by composers from Berlin.

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